Police conducted an alcohol sting at 14 Paso Robles businesses Saturday, citing one clerk for selling alcohol to a minor.
Between 3 and 9 p.m., officers monitored an underage “decoy” — typically a cadet in the Paso Robles Police Department’s Explorer Program — who attempted to buy alcohol at the businesses.
Police visited Cregor’s and One Stop Food in the 600 and 700 blocks of Spring Street, respectively; Rite Aid and Haggen in the 1100 block of Creston Road; Food For Less and One Stop Food in the 1400 and 1900 blocks of Creston Road, respectively; BevMo and Target in the 2100 and the 2300 blocks of Theater Drive, respectively; Albertsons, Walmart, AM/PM and CVS, all in the 100 block of Niblick Road; and Wayside Liquors in the 700 block of Creston Road. None sold alcohol to the minor, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.
However, a clerk at one store — Woodland Chevron in the 100 block of Niblick Road — did and was cited, police say. A citation results in a $1,000 fine and community service for the employee, and the business could face sanctions from the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.
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Police say they will conduct similar operations in the coming months.